As the winter season beckons, it is now the appropriate time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. There are several things as a homeowner you can do before the first snowflake that can help you save on energy bills as well as keep your home warm and comfortable for you and your family.
One of the best ways to ensure you save on cost during the winter season is keeping your heat pump or furnace in top working condition. Just before the biting cold becomes the order of the day, you should call a HVAC professional for a tune up. He should make sure that your system is clean, check for leaks, as well as replace the filters. If you are still using the older thermostat, it will be a great idea to replace it with a programmable thermostat. Also, make sure that the outside part of the AC unit is well covered to protect it against snow and ice.
Doors and Windows
This is another area you should look at as you prepare your home for winter. Preventing air leaks around doors and windows will definitely enhance the comfort of your home while at the same time reducing the heating costs. Take time to examine your doors and windows to ensure no cold air will be entering your home. Insulate the liners to eliminate drafts, add weatherstripping and replace rotten wood frames. In addition, if there is any broken window, ensure it is fixed on time.
Roof and Gutters
Water leaks can cause devastating and costly damage in your home. As such, you should replace missing or damaged shingles, clean debris from the gutters, and ensure there is adequate insulation in the attic. In addition, you should add extensions to downspouts in order to allow them to carry the excess runoff far away from the foundation.
You should always maintain a perfectly dry basement throughout the year. In late fall, you should ensure that you have carried out preventive basement waterproofing. In places where concrete is exposed, a thorough assessment of the floor and walls should be done to look for cracks with water infiltration or excess moisture. Concrete coatings, panels, and sealers can provide adequate waterproofing for interior applications. If you are not sure what to do, get in touch with a HVAC contractor in your neighborhood.
Hoses & Sprinkler Systems and Exterior Faucets
It is crucial that you disconnect all the garden hoses, turn off the shut-off valves for faucets older than 10 years in the basement, and drain water from faucets. This will ensure that your pipes don’t burst as the ice expands. The sprinkler system should also be drainer to protect it from freezing.
In addition to the above measures, ensure that your fireplace is well ventilated and the vents are in good working condition. Wood-burning fireplace chimneys are to be cleaned professionally. This is of paramount importance because it will prevent carbon monoxide leaks and even chimney fires.
By taking your time and resources to incorporate these tips into your winter readiness routine, you will ensure that you have a safe and comfortable home for you and your family and not have to suffer under the biting cold of winter.
Is there anything else we should incorporate as you prepare for winter, we would love to hear your thoughts!